Jill Friend is a music educator in Sioux Center, Iowa and is a member of Covenant CRC. She has served as a worship director in Sioux Center and Ames, Iowa, and is also a Regional Catalyst for the CRCNA Faith Formation Ministries in the midwest. She and her husband have three children who live in Saipan, Prince Edward Island and South Dakota, and are looking forward to traveling for visits.
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I was struck again with the importance of the Psalms, for every stage of grief can find expressions in this book. . . . I know that at some point in the future the Psalms will also give voice to our acceptance and hope. As a community, that day seems a long way off, but the Psalms are here for us now as we journey through our grief.
Last month I had the opportunity to take a weeklong World Music Drumming course taught in part by Sowah Mensah. Sowah’s native country is Ghana, but he has spent many years in the United States teaching and performing traditional West African music and dance. I was reminded of some of the wisdom he shared from his culture when I read an article this week in Christianity Today about EDM (electronic dance music) in the church.